Vuyo Mbuli's children, Siphosihle and Sithenkosi, have given moving speeches at the funeral service of their late father held at St John's College in Houghton. His wife Savita also paid tribute to her husband in an emotional pre-recorded speech.
His son Sithenkosi spoke fondly of his father and recalled the last day he spent with him. "When I was a player-escort in the 2010 World Cup, I remember waking up at 4am to the sound of my alarm and my dad had already showered. We drove to a Mac Donald’s far away and we saw 10 other boys there. From that day on, I knew that my dad loved me because he woke up at 2am," says his son.
Mbuli's four sisters described him as the glue that bound the family together. His youngest sister, Nelisiwe, said Vuyo gave them brotherly love. Mbuli's mother Francinah was not unable to hold back her tears and was being comforted by a relative.
Morning Live co-anchor, Leanne Manas, said it had been one of the hardest weeks of her life and that this is the first week in nine years that she had been without Mbuli. The emotional but composed Manas spoke of how she made magic every day for two hours with her friend and mentor.
More than one thousand people including dignitaries and celebrities attended the service. Some people were sporting pink bow ties while others wore traditional black ones. One could feel Vuyo's spirit in the venue. His whimsical personality was brought alive again even during this sad occasion.
Mbuli died last week in Bloemfontein from pulmonary embolism.
Click below to listen to Vuyo Mbuli's children pay tribute to their dad
Savita pays tribute to her love Vuyo 'Thando' Mbuli